Special Collections and University Archives

SCUA Faculty and Staff are Awarded for Service

The University Libraries Awards Committee announced the award winners for 2023:

  • University Libraries Staff Outstanding Service Award: Carolyn Shankle
  • University Libraries Faculty Equity-Diversity-Inclusion Award: Stacey Krim

And Service Pins for:

  • 5 years = Patrick Dollar and Suzanne Helms
  • 15 years = Beth Ann Koelsch
  • 30 years = Carolyn Shankle

Preservation Services Student Worker Selected for Library Award

Congratulations to Jordan Williams for winning 2023’s Outstanding Library Student Worker Award! She was nominated this year by her supervisor, Audrey Sage, for her exceptional work for the Preservation Services department. Jordan has been working in Preservation Services since 2021, and she is responsible for binding new acquisition materials, repairing damaged circulating items, and constructing enclosures for materials for all departments.

Along with the other nominees, Jordan was nominated for her reliability, responsibility, conscientiousness, and her commitment to service and teamwork shown in the performance of library duties. Jordan has been described as having an outstanding work ethic, never missing a day of work. She has incredible organization skills and attention to detail.

Jordan is not only an exceptional employee but also a serious and dedicated student. She is studying Environment and Sustainability Studies and takes her role as a citizen of the world very seriously. Sustainability within the environment is an important focus for her, and she has taken the initiative to start a group on campus and inform others of crucial issues at stake in North Carolina and beyond.

Jordan’s commitment to her job and her studies is a true testament to her character, and we are lucky to have her. Her dedication to preserving the resources in which the state has invested is admirable, and her intelligent approaches to situations give us hope for the future. Jordan will be graduating in May, so, If you see her, please give her your felicitations! Her name has been added to the illustrious plaque of previous winners (on the wall near Access Services).

UNCG Magazine Featured Stacey Krim and her Work Preserving Campus LGBTQ+ History

Read the article here:

Book Club Talk on Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Books

Interim Head Kathelene McCarty Smith was the featured speaker for the joint meeting of theCentury Book Club, Mentor Book Club, the Belles Lettres Club, and the Heritage Book Club, in Alamance CountyHer talk, “Detective Series from Your Childhood: The Enduring Mystique of Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys!” focused on the history of the Girls’ and Boys’ Books in Series, including Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and other series, with a related display of SCUA material. Book Club members decorated their tables with Nancy-Drew themed decorations and a good time was had by all!

Hop into History Returns!

After a three-year hiatus, Hop into History returned in February 2023. Hop into History is a monthly event, held on the fourth Thursday of each month at Oden Brewing Company in Greensboro. SCUA staff create an exhibit on a topic of historical interest, and a speaker is invited to provide context or additional information about the topic.

The three events held during the Spring 2023 semester were:

  • February 23: Judge Elreta Alexander. Exhibit by Stacey Krim. Talk by Dr. Virginia Summey.
  • March 23: Women and Politics. Exhibit by Kathelene Smith. Talk by Dr. Mandy Cooper.
  • April 27: Gay Nightlife in Greensboro. Exhibit by Stacey Krim. Talk by David Gwynn.

After a summer break, Hop into History will return in Fall 2023. Please follow us on Facebook ( to be alerted when the Fall schedule is set.

“What Would You Say You Do?”- Sharing the Knowledge of Archives with Others

By Sean Mulligan

While there as many challenges to being an archivist, one issue that frequently arises is trying to explain to others what exactly the job entails. It is not uncommon to get the question “So what do you do?” when archivist share their profession title with others. Sometimes the only connection they draw are thoughts about the National Archives in Washington D.C. or possibly that adventure movie with Nicholas Cage (National Treasure). Therefore, it was a great privilege for UNCG archivist Sean Mulligan, to have an opportunity to share his story of being an archivist this spring.

Sean Mulligan

Sean received his master’s degree in Library Science in 2008 from the University of Maryland-College Park (UMD). As an alumnus, he has maintained close ties to school and this spring, was asked to participate in an oral history project being launched by the UMD iSchool. The goals of the project were to document the history and people of the iSchool and to help students know more about the opportunities and challenges that information professionals are likely to face in their careers. Speaking for over an hour via Zoom with an iSchool graduate student, Sean touched on a variety of subjects including recounting his career path to becoming an archivist, the challenges he faces in the field, and words of advice for future archivists. His oral history interview will be available for viewing online in the future.

Additionally, Sean was randomly approached by the father of a 7th grader whose son was interested in learning more about what an archivist does and how one becomes an archivist. Never one to turn down a chance to promote the awesomeness of archives, Sean conducted a video chat with the father. During the talk, he narrated his path to becoming an archivist, provided some advice on how his son might enter the field, and spoke about the work he does at UNCG. The father was greatly appreciative of Sean’s willingness to take the time to share his archival knowledge.

If you would like to learn more about archives or what an archivist does, you can reach out to the UNCG Archives staff at SCUA [at]

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